As school comes to an end and summer is about to begin, half the year has gone by. Take a look at your photos and choose 12, 24 or even 30 (1 to 5 from the past 6 months) to slip into an album, or create a photo book so you can enjoy them. What have been the highlights of your year so far? What have been the highlights for your children this school year? Have you gone on any trips? Now is the time to capture the stories while they are still fresh in your mind.
Do you have a family gathering this summer? Think about bringing a photo album or photo book to share what your family has been doing since the last big family gathering. A few years ago we had an 80th birthday to go to and my wife looked at me and said, “We need to bring an album of our recent trip to Guatemala with us!” In about two hours I was able to go through the 800 pictures, select about 150, write several cards describing our trip, get them printed and slip them into an album. It was great to have, and people really enjoyed it because we weren’t having them look through all 800 photos, just 150, enough to tell the story of our trip.
Take a look back at what you put up on FaceBook or Instagram. What stories do those images tell? Hopefully you have the full resolution images still on your computer so you can take them and tell the story in a book or album. You may find some additional images to use as well.
Once you’ve gathered you photos and put them into a book, take some time to look at them as a family! Spending time pouring over photos can be very enriching as you allow conversation to flow as it will. You might just find out something new about your family members as conversation is sparked by the pictures and the memories they evoke.
When was the last time you sat down with your family to look through pictures and tell stories?